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on this pig. >> look closer at the energy sector. it was the worse performer with energy stocks ending lower for the sixth straight session. the move lower comes despite a rise in more than 2% on crude oil this week. david? david: as was just said, it's not all red. there is some green on this markets, and it's focusing on retailers. barnes & noble, macy's, zales. people buying diamond rings and bracelets. >> oh, i wouldn't know, david. i'm not a realist, apparently. david: only one woman on my diamond list, but go ahead. >> a look overseas at japan, last trading day of the year, shares closing, get this, at the highest level since last year's tsunami for the year gaining 23%, the biggest percentage rise since 2005. ending on a nice positive note over there. david: wish it was good here. congressional leaders meeting with the president, what's hanging on the edge of the cliff is higher taxes on dividends. coming up, the chairman and ceo of southern company owning a bunch of power companies in the south tells us why the tax hike would be a huge blow to his industry, a blow everybody will feel
about wind energy that needs to be sunsetted, soon. you bring up the side of the cliff that no one talks about. the sequester, the automatic spending reduction, i don't think it would be a bad thing if washington took the sequester and showed that they could cut spending. >> because we have a never budget balancing act going on with the journalist pointed out the secret gang of six meetings, that's budgeting by, secret gang of 12 meetings. and-- >> quickly that's what we use today call blue smoke and mirrors in washington and that's why people are upset at washington. don't trust them. david: good to see you. well, the numbers are in and you were not shopping as much as last year, apparently. holiday retail sales were basically unchanged from last year and sandy, of course, and the connecticut shooting got some blame, but what about no jobs and no money? coming up, the opening bell, futures are up. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] [ male announcer ] time and sales data. split-second stats. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ it's so close to the options floor... [ indistinct s
you there are lots of things to be discovered. i was working in the world of energy and there i think we have taken enormous steps in the direction of a modern sustainable green economy, what we call now distributed generations of people producing and consuming energy. this is happening at an incredible pace in california and i know california like this is and we want to connect with california. some of the events will require the supports of the leaders that are here present, the leaders of the italian american associations. i am very proud to say that all of the leaders of the italian american associations are gathered today, mr. mayor, and senator assembly man and board of supervisors is here to celebrate with us and ramona blackwell who with the committee of the italians abroad and elected body and we will need your support and it's not just top down but bottom up. we're are open to your ideas and suggestions. we want it to a great celebration and people are in charge and in power and they will also run the show. that's our objective. by the way also have guests from outsi
something of the most energy efficient windows in the world. >> think getting the vice-president was a big feel and they got the president, too. >> these workers will now have a new mission, produce something of the most energy efficient windows in the world. >> other companies don't get so much help but this company gave money to the democrats and one of their executives was married to an energy department official. 's shoe nice to get special government help. >> thank you, mr. vice-president, four your support. >> left-wing think tanks criticize corporate welfare but somehow green handouts are okay. >> everybody wants to fin a better fuel efficient way to go about their daily business, and the government is going to invest in companies to pioneer technologies. that it is not corporate welfare. >> the business i too dumb to invest without the government saying, do this. >> the private sector will oy invest if they know for sure there's a commercial market place. >> you say everybody wants these thgs. isn't that enough incentive for private greedy substances to make it? >> the free market
. then regulation nation. while the president promises green energy, environmental rules have choked the industry and sent millions to the unemployment lines. >> he is bound and determined to have that level of taxation out of the country. >> the new taxes that lie ahead. and getting married? buying a new home? >> family is the basic economic building block of the country. >> why the best time to do it is now. >> ladies and gentlemen, governor mike hukabee. >> hello, everybody and welcome. delighted to have you here. what a great audience. welcome to "huckabee" from the fox news studios in new york city. as we wrap up 2012 and get ready for 2013, happy to have you with us. now tonight we are going to take a look ahead and look at some of the key issues that will impact us in the new year. first, let's look back at some of the most memorable quotes from last year. the president is going to be sworn in for his second term in a few weeks. so what will four more years of obama bring? he gave as you preview of what is to come in march. >> after the election i will have more flex ability. >> yikes. mor
such as the research and development credit, and also, renewable energy incentives that must continue in this great country of ours. and bonus depreciation to encourage business investments. i want to emphasize this somewhat with in contrast to what our chairman has said. this legislation breaks the iron barrier that for far too long has prevented additional tax revenues from the very wealthiest. it raises $620 billion in revenue. achieving the president's goal of asking the wealthiest 2% of americans to pay more while protecting 98% of families. that is what it does. 97% -- i want to emphasize this, contrary to propaganda from the other side, 97% of a small business is protected from any tax increase. this needs to be emphasized, especially in view of your comments. this package is vital for future deficit-reduction efforts. setting the stage for a balanced approach from here on out. delaying sequestration. yesterday, president obama again said he is committed to deficit reduction. but he emphasized several times, and i " "we have got to do this in a balanced, responsible way, with additional reve
of the energy and fuel as well as many, many jobs connected to what happens in rural areas, there should be a greater appreciation for what takes place in rural america and a greater concern on the part of all of us to make sure rural america is healthy and prosperous. >> in the short term it seems the sales job has to be why does anybody care if there'sen a farm bill on january 1st? what would happen to me or my family sitting here in washington, d.c.? >> well, if you like anything made with milk, you're going to be impacted by the fact that there's no farm bill. if there is ant extension of the existing bill or a new bill basically on january 1st or shortly thereafter, permanent agriculture law giffords back into place, 1949 law, sch means that the federal government will go back ft business of strongly supporting the dairy industry by raising the price support if you will or support for dairy products to $38 a hundred weight. that's almost double what the price of milk is today. that's going to ultimately ramp up so the consumers when they gt in the grocery store are a bit shocked whe
master while recording my debut album. how you ask? with 5-hour energy. i get hours of energy now -- no crash later. wait to see the next five hours. ♪ now got to cut loose, foot loose ♪ >> the music. >> here we go again, it's mine now, bob. a special live sunday edition of "the five." 2012 has been busy with a lot of news and we've covered it all on "the five." let's take a look the at the highlights. ♪ ♪ >> we are just one day from the iowa caucus, we have the latest poll numbers that show this race is anything, but over. >> the idea that anybody could predict what's going to happen in november today is crazy. >> rick santorum said, i'm from pennsylvania, i have experience with blue collar voters. >> why you refer to president obama as the food stamp president. >> more people have been put on food stamps by barack obama than any other president in history. >> and knocking one of the questions out of park. >> what newt gingrich was saying, there's no future for kid in a classroom. >> there's a coalesces behind romney. >> who better at this juncture. >> we don't have to
and investments they make and the clean energy jobs they create. 2 million americans out of work that are out there looking every day will continue to receive unemployment benefits as long as they are actively looking for job. but i think we all recognize this lot is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and brought an opportunity for everybody. -- this law. the fact is the deficit is still too high. we are still investing too little in the things that we need for the economy to grow as fast as it should. that is why speaker john boehner and i originally tried to negotiate a larger agreement that would put the country on a path to paying down its debt while also putting americans back to work, rebuilding roads and bridges for, and providing investments in areas like education and job-training. unfortunately, there just was not enough support or time for that kind of large agreement in a lame-duck session of congress. that failure comes with a cost as the mess in nature of the process over the last several weeks has made business more uncertain and consumers less confid
will continue to receive tax credits for the research they do, the investments they make and the clean energy jobs they create. and 2 million americans who are out of work but out there looking pounding the pavement every day are going to continue to receive unemployment benefits as long as they're actively looking for a job. but i think we all recognize this law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden opportunity for everybody. the fact is the deficit is still too high. and we're still investing too little in the things that we need for the economy to grow as fast as it should. and that's why speaker boehner and i originally tried to negotiate a larger agreement that would put this country on a path that paying down its debt while also putting americans back to work, rebuilding our roads and bridges and providing investments in areas like education and job training. unfortunately there just wasn't enough support or time for that kind of large agreement in a lame duck session of congress. and that failure comes with a cost, as the messy nature of the proce
. >> there is a five year extension of stimulous tax credits for alternative energy conversion and businesses can take a depreciation on new equipment and buildings. all cuts in medicare payments put off fo another year. >>> the catch all measure even extends a dairy subsidy to keep milk prices from spiking. but the lack of a presidential agreement to cut spending means even if the senate measure passes the house mr. obama can expect added pressure in a matter of weeks when the nation's debt ceiling must be raised again. >> we made the mistake when we increased the debt limit the first time and gave that guy all the money to buy votes with and we shouldn't make the same mistake now. >> the president says congress shouldn't do that because it holds the nation's credit rating hostage but some republicans say that s the only way the guts will happen. bret? >> bret: as you look live at the house floor we should point out that these are house controlled cameras. we don't control these familiar as. as you look at congressman dreier speaking on the house floor what you can't see is there are not that many la
, lots of that internet you were just talking about and very, very cheep and clean energy. if we can move the economy very, very rapidly to cheep and clean energy and to very widespread broadband, we will have the platform on which rapid economic growth will be possible. >> you made the me think about a guest we had a couple of weeks ago. ray was brilliant and talked a lot about the singularity and the future where man and machine and technology will be much more merged than we are now. technology will allow it to do things that are unimaginable at this point. do you foresee that future where technology becomes part of the body and allows it to go to another level. >> the most exciting parts about the future are actually very easy and immediate. here's an example. think of spotify. you can create a music library and be delivered to you and available to you on any platform. on a smart phone or computer. the same thing could exist for health care. the same thing can exist for education. it personalized health care system and education system available to the student and available to anyone
did not always get it from women. find it in other places, all that helps. that is the kind of energy that was given to me. "i'm going to take a risk. i may not be perfect at it." >> do you work all the time? >> i am a morning person. >> i could be on the west coast and i am not at 5:00 a.m. and people on the west coast would say i'm crazy. i will lose the thought so why do it. i am an early riser. that was something that was instilled in us. >> is 5:00 a.m. kind of typical? >> yes. >> how late did you work? >> i tried to get in at a decent hour. as a pastime, people do not think that we do this but i like to cook. i try to eat healthy. i will do cooking of vegetables and light entrees. something i enjoy is making home cooked pinto beans. when you brought in a household where that is pretty much all you need, but now it is like a luxury. it is what you put in, the kinds of spices. it is healthy for you. >> you ran the labor department. what is the biggest work ethic for women today? >> breaking through the glass ceiling. we have about 57% of diversity in my kitchen cabinet at the dol.
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and investments and clean energy jobs they create. two million americans out of work and out there looking pounding pavement every day goring to continue to receive unemployment benefits as lng as they're actively looking for a job. but... i think we all recognize this law is just one step in a blauder effort to strengthen our economy and broaden opportunity for everybody. the fact is that the deficit is still too high. and we're still investing too little in the things we need for the economy to grow as fast as it should. that is why speaker boehner and i tried to negotiate larger agreement that's would put this country on a path to paying down debt, while also putting americans back to work rebuilding roads and bridges and providing investments in areas like education and job training. unfortunately, there just wasn't enough support or time for that kind of large agreement in lame duck session of congress. that failure come was a cost. as the needs for the process over several weeks made business more uncertain. and consumers less confident. but, we're continuing to chip away at this pro
, the investments they make and the clean energy jobs they create. and 2 million americans who are out of work but out there looking pounding the pavement every day are going to continue to receive unemployment benefits as long as they're actively looking for a job. but i think we all recognize this law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden opportunity for everybody. the fact is the deficit is still too high. and we're still investing too little in the things that we need for the economy to grow as fast as it should. and that's why speaker boehner and i originally tried to negotiate a larger agreement that would put this country on a path that paying down its debt while also putting americans back to work, rebuilding our roads and bridges and providing investments in areas like education and job training. unfortunately there just wasn't enough support or time for that kind of large agreement in a lame duck session of congress. and that failure comes with a cost, as the messy nature of the process over the past several weeks has made business more uncertai
. natural gas, energy exploration in this country is turning into a big tailwind. how much do you dismiss those, if at all? >> i think they're all great stories. second half 2013 could be excellent and growth could really accelerate. all the things you mentioned are important. i would also allow the fact that household debt to income is going to fall back by the end, we think of next year, back to the long-term equilibrium level. the health sector is healthy. raised a lot of capital. europe has stabilized. but the problem is the politics. it's hard to quantify the politics. and we've seen business confidence also move lower. so it's really all about washington. if we get some clarity on the fiscal side, i think growth next year could be much better than what we're looking at at the moment. >> that is a big if. joe, have a great new year's. see you in 2013. >> same to you, carl. >> the markets are set to open lower. the nasdaq closing in negative territory for the last five sessions. the major indices are still on track to end with gains. having the best year in 2010. the s&p 500 up more t
. sorry. >> dana. >> immigration, economy and energy were the exact three things he said in 2009 that were important to get done. >> not exactly a grand vision, is it? >> it would great if he were to get it done. >> it's the exact same proposal from 2008 and also, he's not getting any of that done. with the mood in washington and republican house, none of it's going to happen. >> yeah, everybody's too unsettled, angry, upset. everybody feels like they've been gypped along the way and sold a bill of goods and he has to say this because that's what his supporters and political cronies want him to say, but it's not happening. >> if they wanted immigration reform they could have had it in 2008. president obama is one of the people-- >> i can hand bob off, but not you. >> and now to benghazi. >> this was a politically motivated attack on her. i mean, of all the people in my national security team she probably had the least to do with anything that happened in benghazi. why she was targeted individually for the kind of attack that she was subjected to, it was puzzling to me and i was very clear
, that's the problem, they have struggled to create a meaningful grassroots system within all the energy they have built. there are other groups and examples, unions and move-on, have systems whereby they still crowd source. i think viewers of the ed show know how unions do that, and they do it effectively under attack. this tea party has people getting $8 million payouts. if you're so against government spending, worried about the money at the top, why should dick armey be getting all this cash? >> wow! jay-z spinning ari melbin. >>> the tragic christmas eve shooting in western new york is furthering the gun debate. is new gun legislation in our future? >>> if you haven't heard about the dairy cliff, you'll want to listen up. david k. johnson explains why you could be paying $8 for a gallon of milk if congress doesn't act. >>> welcome back, in the wake of >>> welcome back, in the wake of the newtown school shooting, another tragic incident began bringing the gun control debate front and center. william spangler lit his home on fire in a plot to murder first responders. when the voluntee
for businesses through an extension of important tax provisions such as the r&d credit and also renewable energy incentives that must continue in this great country of ours and encourage business investments. but i want to emphasize this somewhat in contrast to what our chairman has said. this legislation breaks the iron barrier that for far too long has prevented additional tax revenues from the very wealthiest. it raises $620 billion in revenue by achieving the president's goal of asking the wealthiest 2% of americans to pay more while protecting 98% of families -- that's right, that's what it does, 97% -- i want to emphasize this contrary to propoganda coming from the other side. 97% of small businesses from any tax increase. and this needs to be emphasized especially in view, mr. chairman, of your comments. this package is vital for future deficit reduction efforts. setting the stage for a balanced approach from here on out by delaying sequestration through one-to-one revenue to spending cuts. yesterday, president obama said he is committed to deficit reduction, but he emphasized several tim
. it impacts those of us concerned about the energy and security of this country because the farm bill contains ways to promote alternate energy sours, ways to create a biofuel industry that is robust and creates consumer choice. for those concerned about exports connected to the agricultural exports, we lose the ability to market exports without a farm bill. if you're concerned about the ability to add adequate nutrition and supporter of farmer's markets and want to see an expansion of that, can't do it because there is no farm bill. if you like the idea of fields expanding habitat opportunities or you like to hunt and you like to fish, your hobby, your vocation, if you will, in that area will also be affected by no farm bill because a lot of the programs are not extended. if you're a farm family, you're going to be impacted. so there is an impact and an effect by not having a farm bill. >> congress has three options before the end of the year to prevent the price spike and everything that comes with it. they could either extend the current bishlg pass a new bill or some kind of provision to k
that the department of energy or the department of education and the number of employees they have. we do not need all that. they can cut the number of employees in half and we would have real savings. nobody will address these issues. i'll hang up. guest: when you have a budget in washington, it is hard to cut back politically. if you do, people say you are against the were the goal. this worthy goal, that worthy goal. there was a british historian in the 1950's. after world war i, britain had the largest navy in the world and they reduced the size of the navy. the laid-off sailors and dock workers. the agency running the navy was getting bigger as the navy was getting smaller. he made the discovery -- the size of a bureaucracy has nothing to do with the amount of work the bureaucracy does. it will grow unless it is reined in. the bureaucracy was getting bigger. if you get that kind of bloat, get in trouble and you change or go out of business. ronald reagan said the closest thing to immortality is a government agency. caller: good morning, everybody. do you think capitalism and privatizing is withdr
? campbell's soups give you nutrition, energy, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. >>> a new russian law has left some families in the united states devastated. wondering if they'll ever again see the children they have been working to adopt and bring home. russian president vladimir putin today signed a controversial law that bans american families from adopting russian children. the law is seen as retaliation for a law president obama signed earlier this month opposing retrictions on human rights abuse in russia. they said, quote, the russian government's politically motivated decision will reduce adoption possibilities for children under institutional care. we're further concerned about statements that adoptions already under way would be stopped and hope the russian government would allow those children who have already met and bonded with their future parents to finish the necessary legal procedures so they can join their families. they say there are 46 children in russia whose adoptions are almost complete and those adoptions now co
of some of the tax credits for education, for clean energy that he got in the stimulus package, his administration, when he said that we are going to seek more revenue, when the big discussion of spending cuts ripens in the next couple of months before the debt ceiling that was an important signal to democrats that you may not like what i got in this deal. you may think we're not getting enough tax revenue from affluent americans, but i'm going to go after more when we talk about cutting spending on issues of the major entitlement programs, including medicare and social security. he was trying to buck up democrats who are not happy with this deal. and i think vice president biden is doing that right at this moment with senate democrats. >> well, the vice president is certainly getting the lion's share, you know, of credit maybe. but certainly attention surrounding this issue. take us through the relationship between him and minority leader mitch mcconnell who personally requested his participation in these negotiations. >> there are big political differences between the two, but the
because we've got -- look what we've got on the agenda. we have guns, immigration, we've got energy, infrastructure, we've got education. >> it's a big list. >> it's time this government acts together, and if we can't get together on this, we are in trouble all the way. >> all right. my governors, thanks very much and have a really happy new year. >> thanks, karen. >>> coming up, it's not just the fiscal cliff. the president has a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. stay with us. >> the president goes off 18 hours on the golf course, 20 hours in the air. how do you view this politically? >> he's been using this, and i must say with great skill and ruthless skill and success to fracture and basically shatter the republican opposition. we're all having such a great year in the gulf, we've decided to put aside our rivalry. 'cause all our states are great. and now is when the gulf gets even better. the beaches and waters couldn't be more beautiful. take a boat ride or just lay in the sun. enjoy the wildlife and natural beauty. and don't forget our amazing seafood. so come to the g
? there's not really going to be any time or energy to do anything else? >> you're absolutely right. you have imagrees reform, gun issues out there. the problem is we are starting to look like an ungovernable country. we're starting to look like a country where one of our two chambers of the legislature literally has ceased to tucks. that is what's dangerous to the bond markets, what's dangerous to us long term. hopefully they will figure out how embarrassing this is for the country and how bad it is for bond markets and get it together. >> leigh, you work at "fortune" magazine. i have heard a lot in the last several weeks about how the ceos were going to step up. they signed their letters, made their statements, and then we were supposed to follow through and twist some arms to get the deal done and to make sure people understood there were real world consequences to this kind of debate. where are those ceos now? >> well, it's funny. we don't exactly know, but i mean, you know, the president and the white house made a decided effort to really court wall street this time around instead o
for the economy. the housing market continues to recover. we do see an energy boom, as well, but, you know, i spoke with former treasury secretary robert rubin, as well and i think he summed it up by saying this really was a missed opportunity that we're seeing right here for some sort of grand bargain for a big deal to address the debt limit here and so far we haven't been doing that. >> and, bianna, i would not count on these guys finally getting their act together in any significant way even if we get a mini deal. thank you so much to both of you. bianna and leigh, thank you for joining us here on "this week." >>> finally your voice this week. today's question comes from christy miller jones from facebook who says "my 16-year-old has a twitter account with 34,000 plus followers. where do you see journalism heading in 15 years? what advice to the next generation of journalists would you give?" well, thank you for that question, christy. i would say regardless of what form americans will get their news in the next 15 or 20 years my advice to the next generation of journalists is to remember
will continue to benefit from home energy programs. the bill continues funding for women infants and children, prenatal care so the week and have healthy babies and healthy moms. disabled veterans will continue to receive housing assistance. over 88,000 people in illinois will continue to receive unemployment benefits, and benefits -- businesses will benefit from consumer spending at a time when we desperately needed in our economy. let me say one last word. this is not a deficit reduction major. it does reduce it in some aspects, but the arcane scoring by the congressional budget office will not give us any credit toward deficit reduction. having said that, we still of the deficit issue. we still have a deficit problem. what we tried to establish this morning in this vote, revenue has to be part of the solution. the other side of the aisle reluctantly, after years of resisting, came to our side on this problem. number two, we need to look in entitlements. here is what the facts are. social security can make every promise of payment for 20 years. you cannot say that about any other federal pr
, in infrastructure, education, aerospace, alternative energy, research, development. the list goes on. host: that was bred in misery. next up is still, republican line, minnesota. -- phil. guest: as a republican i believe we need to pass the obama tax bill and then once we get to the ceiling of the debt we would then forced the congress to go forward with a $1 trillion debt reduction on an annual basis until it is paid off. basically, we are overspending. we have to get our debt under control. host: dan the covers it for cnn has this tweet. that is brand new from dana bash. here are some tweets from viewers using #fiscalcliff. those are some of the treats coming in. -- tweets. #fiscalcliff. caller: i have been watching what's going on in the programs and the reason i called in the first place is the debt ceiling we are now facing with sequestration that we kick the can down the road last year because they could not come up with anything and now they're going to take that down the road again and then we are coming up to another ceiling height in a few months were the debt ceiling is going to
nobody has the energy to start from scratch. but do you get the sense from any of the republicans you're speaking to that at least they see this as moving the ball a little bit farther down the field? certainly, you know, they haven't gone ten yards, but do they feel that way a little bit? >> they don't like the fact that there aren't a lot of spending cuts in this legislation. the tax provisions, the republicans aren't thrilled about, most of them, because it does raise taxes by -- for people making more than $400,000 or $450,000 a year. they're not happy with that. a lot of those republicans certainly in the house would go along with it as the democrats are going to go along with it if there were more spending cuts. we'll see. i suspect that we'll see an amendment once it comes up in the house for some significant spending cuts and we'll see where it goes as far as the senate is concerned. that could be the kiss of death, this whole thing could collapse over the next 24, 48 hours. and then they start from scratch on thursday. >> absolutely. an amendment would have to go and an amend
. a lot of them are very bipartisan. there is stuff in there for energy tax credits, some for two and three-wheeled electric vehicles, but, for example, there is one on the personal level for people who live in states that do not have a state income tax, for example, they're aloud under one of these extenders to write off on their federal tax forms the state sales taxes that they pay since they're not able to write off any state income taxes. but it is mainly business tax breaks, a lot of them have been extended over the years. the nascar tax break you talked about that was put in at 2004 corporate tax bill, went for a couple of years, extended again. i went back and looked at my stories covering this, they keep coming up. there was a story from december of 2010, one from december of 2009, one from 2007. we tend to only pay attention to these special breaks that get stuffed in the bills only at this point in time, then we forget about it until congress extends them one or two years later. >> and these are not new, jamie. >> no, they're not, don. again you go back to 2004 corporate
to people -- take for example the green energy business. . -- you have hundreds of millions of dollars going to favored companies, favorable to the government because of their ideology and what they want to do. to look at the massive loss and waste, and there are criminal investigations into some of these operations -- not only is it an horribly unfair way of redistributing hard-earned income, but it does not work. these companies are laying people off and shutting down, and in some cases i saw were a couple of these big companies, the chinese have come in and bought them and have taken the equipment back to china. what that amounts to is we gave china a leg up by building the company, and when it goes bankrupt we have to handed over to china, as if they do not have enough advantage is. host: chester, pa., karen. caller: happy new year, and thank you for c-span. the original stimulus money went to the banks, and the banks would not lend, so everybody suffered. then george bush gave everyone a stimulus in their hand, they went to walmart to spend it, and the chinese still got it. then, the bu
politics and legislation. it is not in our genes to put a whole bunch of energy in getting the republican party. we've not learned how to do that yet, i don't think. i like being a democrat for that reason. >> one of the things we hear from long-term members or members who are leaving is the congeniality here has changed. what is your view? >> person-to-person, you know what our elevators are like here. the public probably doesn't but we get squished and it is fun. there's humor and there is a lot of banter and people don't dislike each other, period. but you get off that elevator and it changes. when i first got here, people were -- the thing that surprised me was how polite, how respectful everybody was to everybody no matter what party you were, no matter what the issue was. it was very respectful. so you could carry on real conversations that over the years it has gotten -- it is just not. that's been a huge disappointment. >> our research shows that you are spoken on the floor, given 400-plus speeches. >> almost 450. >> in the house of representatives, why do you use that platform an
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